State Board of Higher Education

Organized in 1990, the system includes two research universities, four regional universities and five community colleges.

The mission of the State Board of Higher Education and the Chancellor of the North Dakota University System is to unleash the potential of higher education in the state to enhance the quality of life, and the social and economic vitality of all served by its public colleges and universities.

Student Success

Choose Your Path


Two years ago, leaders from all backgrounds discussed the future of education in North Dakota. Focused on evolving student needs and a changing workforce, participants envisioned education in 2030. Notes, presentations and documents found here provide a foundation for the Envision working groups as they work toward implementing short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals articulated from Envision 2030.


“Innovation begins when the conversation shifts to how great the 11 campuses within our higher education system can be. It takes great humility to be an innovative leader and an innovative organization. The message is simple – trust people, embrace change, take some chances. Bring great humility to your work place every day. Make a commitment to the idea that one organization can make a difference. Be that one organization. Together, we are stronger.”


– Don Morton, chairman of the State Board of Higher Education

By the numbers


Students served by NDUS


Degree Seeking Students


Number of degrees awarded (2016-17)


High school students taking college courses

Campus Photos